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UConn women break record win streak for college basketball

By the CNN Wire Staff
  • The Huskies broke the record set by the UCLA men's team
  • The previous record of 88 straight wins had stood since 1974

(CNN) -- The University of Connecticut women's team set a new college record for consecutive basketball wins Tuesday night, breaking the mark of 88 games set by the University of California-Los Angeles men's team.

The Huskies, a perennial NCAA basketball powerhouse, beat Florida State 93-62 Tuesday night to win their 89th straight game. The previous benchmark by UCLA's men's basketball team had stood since 1974.

UCLA's winning streak was set under legendary coach John Wooden, who died in June at age 99. Wooden's grandson, Greg Wooden, told sports network ESPN on Tuesday night that the coach would have been "absolutely thrilled" by a women's team breaking his record.

"He thought the best basketball was played at the college level, and it wasn't by the men," Wooden said.

The Huskies last lost in April 2008, when Stanford knocked them out of the NCAA tournament. UConn has won two NCAA women's titles since then and is currently the nation's top-ranked team.